alexa Effects of storage and handling conditions on concentrations of individual carotenoids, retinol, and tocopherol in plasma.
Chemical Engineering

Chemical Engineering

Journal of Chromatography & Separation Techniques

Author(s): Craft NE, Brown ED, Smith JC Jr

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Abstract We investigated the effects of storage and handling on measured values for carotenoids, retinol, and tocopherol in plasma. We found no significant differences in the concentrations of these analytes measured in plasma samples that were frozen immediately after separation as compared with replicate samples maintained at room temperature in the dark for 24 h. Analytes were stable in solvents for at least 18 h at 23 degrees C after extraction. Purging samples with nitrogen gas before freezing had no detectable beneficial effects. All analytes were stable in plasma stored at -70 degrees C for at least 28 months or at -20 degrees C for five months. By 15 months the concentrations of carotenoids were significantly less (P less than 0.05) in plasma stored at -20 degrees C than in plasma stored at -70 degrees C, while retinol and tocopherol concentrations were not significantly different. Concomitant with the decrease in carotenoids was the appearance of unidentified peaks in the ultraviolet. Adding ascorbic acid or butylated hydroxytoluene antioxidants to the precipitating solvent did not alter the losses of carotenoids or alter the appearance of unidentified peaks. Under appropriate conditions, plasma carotenoids, retinol, and tocopherol are stable for more than two years.
This article was published in Clin Chem and referenced in Journal of Chromatography & Separation Techniques

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